The new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa has stated that the commission will not go back on its directive to banks chief executives and directors to declare their assets.
According to him, the order is derived from relevant portions of the act setting up the agency.
He disclosed this on Friday when he featured in a Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, special interview programme, “One-on-One”.
The EFCC had given these categories of bank workers till June 1, 2021 to make open their asset declaration, a development that generated an uproar.
But reacting to the controversies that have been generated, the anti-graft czar said there is no going back on the directive.
“Laws permit the Commission to investigate assets of public officers including bankers. There is a law called Bank Employee Declaration of Assets, Act 1986.
“We are not saying they should declare their assets to us. What we are saying is that they should declare it to the statutory bodies. We are going to be calling for it.
“As a Commission, we need to know what you have as a banker. Come June 1, 2021, we are going to be asking for it.” Bawa insisted.
The EFCC boss, who vowed to fight corruption with all his powers as allowed by law, said: “I will continue to do what is right. The Commission under my watch will continue to abide by the rule of law. If anybody asks me to do anything contrary to my conscience or against the rule of law, I will resign my appointment”.
Bawa vowed that the EFCC under his watch would not relent in its determined efforts to bringing all corrupt elements, high or low in this country to justice.
“We have just created Directorate of Intelligence. We need to re-engage ourselves with all our stakeholders in the fight against corruption because this is something we cannot do alone, all hands must be on deck,” he said.